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April Highlights Video

In this video:

Ji Guanping (STEP Academy. St. Paul, MN) Ji Guanping’s students learn how to go shopping and bargain in Chinese.

Mahmoud Dahroug (Irving Elementary, Bozeman, MT) Mahmoud’s students are having a conversation in Arabic to introduce themselves and ask about how they are doing.

Su Di (Bonny Eagle Middle School, Buxton, ME) Su Di plays Knucklebones with her students to teach them how to count numbers more than ten in Chinese.

Yasser Hassan (Leicester High School, Leicester, MA) helps his students practice talking about their favorite sports in Arabic.

Li Chunping (Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School, Coventry, CT) Li Chunping’s students make PowerPoint presentations to practice talking about their daily routine in Chinese.

March 2018 Highlights

Jiang Yajuan (LaSalle Language Academy, Chicago, IL) teaches her students how to use comparison in Chinese through a fun game.

Zhu Xiaohong (Bodine High School for International Affairs, Philadelphia, PA) plays a guessing game to teach her students the names of countries in Chinese.

Ghada Shehata (Peterson Elementary School, Chicago, IL) holds a class competition for her students to review the parts of the body in Arabic.

Cui Yi (Suder Montessori, Chicago, IL) teaches her students to lead their classmates in a trick game to learn the colors in Chinese.

Li Jing (Naselle-Grays River, Naselle, WA) reviews the Chinese words for body parts with her students through song and movement.

January 2018 Highlights

In this video:

Fan Xuezhen (Jackson High School, Jackson MI) challenges students to borrow classroom objects from each other with a round of hot potato.

Abdallah El Mouden (Bearden High School, Knoxville TN) helps his students practice the imperative verb form as well as rooms of the house vocabulary by having students tell one another to go to different rooms of the house.

Wang Jian (Tonopah Valley High School, Tonopah AZ) created a video to model for his students vocabulary associated with buying and bargaining.

Ahmed Badr (Lewiston High School, Lewiston ME) uses total physical response to help his students practice verbs in Arabic.

Zhang Wenjie (North Warren Regional School District, Blairstown NJ) practices colors with her class by having students lead the activity.

February Highlights

In this video:

Wu Yan (Andasol Elementary School, CA) and her students send best wishes for the Chinese New Year!

Howida Hassan (Baltimore International Academy, MD) challenges her students to practice their Arabic by talking about places they go to and activities they do there.

Ji Wenhua (Bonny Eagle High School, ME) teaches her students how to tell and read time using clocks that were handmade by the students.

Niu Xiuqing (Columbia High School, NJ) and her students celebrate the Spring Festival through many traditional Chinese activities.

Anas El Nahriry (JW Reason, OH) plays the drum while the students since a number song to practice their Arabic numbers.

TCLP Year in Review

2017 was a momentous year for the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) marking the end of TCLP’s celebration of its 10th group of teachers and the #TCLP10 campaign. The #TCLP10 campaign won the ECA social media award for best exchange program campaign!

In 2017, 50 TCLP teachers from Egypt, China, and Morocco taught their native language in the U.S. allowing over 7,000 U.S. K-12 students in 39 schools across 24 states to study Chinese and Arabic with a TCLP teacher.mThe teachers participated in over 2,000 hours of outreach in their communities visiting classrooms, retirement homes, cultural centers, volunteering and taking part in other activities to share their language and culture.

28 schools started new critical language programs in Chinese and Arabic and 11 schools expanded their current offerings with TCLP. TCLP looks forward to continuing to make a difference in 2018! For more information about TCLP visit #TCLPMakesADifference

TCLP Highlights - November 2017

In this video:

Lao Xiaojing (Joseph Jenks Middle School, RI) and her students play a game to review the days of the week

Passant Aly (Anne Chestnutt Middle School, NC) cooks Egyptian food with her students for lunch

Li Chunxia (Learning Community Charter School, NJ) meets with 1st graders to share the Chinese art of paper cutting

Zhu Xiaohong (Bodine High School for International Affairs, PA) converses about likes/dislikes with her students in Chinese

Mahmoud Dahroug (Irving Elementary, MT) practices sport and action words with his students

October Highlights Video

In this video:

Li Jing (Naselle-Gray River Valley School, WA) engages her students with movement to practice number 11-14.

Adel Ghattas (John Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, NY) uses storytelling to practice vocabulary and allow his students to practice conversational Arabic.

Cui Yi (Suder Montessori, IL) teaches her students numbers in Mandarin by using a competitive game to help them practice.

Ghada Shehata (Peterson Elementary School, IL) uses total physical response to teach her students body parts in Arabic.

Li Yi (Athens High School, OH) shares the legend of the Mid-Autumn Festival with her students and teaches them about this important Chinese holiday.

TCLP Highlights - September 2017

We start the 2017-2018 Monthly Highlights with the following clips:

  • Anas ElNahriry (J.W. Reason Elementary School, OH) and his students practice introducing others in Arabic with a guessing game.
  • Fan Xuezhen (Jackson High School, MI) and her students practice 4 key movements in Tai Chi club.
  • Howida Hassan (Peterson Elementary School, IL) teaches the names of family members to her Arabic immersion students.
  • Abdallah El Mouden (Bearden High School, TN) plays a game with students to review the Arabic letters.
  • Wu Yan (Andasol Elementary School, CA) shares a traditional Chinese nursery rhyme.

2016-2017 TCLP Video Contest Winner Heba Mokhtar's Advice for Exchange Teachers

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP) exchange teacher Heba Mokhtar shares her advice to future participants and her experiences at Garden Oaks Montessori in Houston, TX. Watch the video and learn about all her adventures! Heba won first prize in the 2016-2017 Video Contest for her entry.

The TCLP Impact

TCLP Mentor Teacher Claudia Larotta shares the impact of TCLP in her school and community. Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia was able to offer Mandarin as a language option for students in 2013 by hosting a TCLP exchange teacher. Today, the school's Mandarin program serves more than sixty students in the middle and high school and continues to grow.